ELECTIONS: ECOWAS CITIZENS FREE TO ENTER NIGERIA SAYS APC

The Director, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, says no West African citizen willing to attend campaign rallies of President Muhammadu Buhari can be stopped because they should enjoy freedom of movement under the ECOWAS treaty.

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Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),  spoke yesterday while answering questions from journalists at a train- the-trainer programme of the Field Operations Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

He said the foreigners were constitutionally allowed to enter the country.

“For your information, it is a free world and it is the constitutional right of everyone to be where he wants to be. You have no right to curtail anybody from doing what he wants to do. People from West Africa are free to move into Nigeria. We have a protocol or agreement that they don’t need a visa to come into this country.

“I know for sure that they don’t have the vote but as a free West African who believes that someone has done extremely very well, and decided to identify himself with what he believes in, I don’t think there is anything wrong and I don’t think there is any crime committed. You cannot and you have no right as a Nigerian to stop them from exercising their fundamental right to identify with his friends.

“Their presence may or may not have any impact on the re-election but they are entitled to it. We have to guarantee their freedom because their presence is within the law and we don’t have right to stop them,” he said.

On the training organised for the votes canvassers, Ribadu expressed optimism that President Buhari would win the election and urged them to work in unity to rescue Nigeria from those coming to sell national assets.